Hit and Run Law: In many states of the country, drivers are protesting against a law. In such a situation, traffic jams have been created in many states since yesterday. Due to this common people are facing problems. The impact of the protest was seen in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.
In fact, the Center has made a new provision in the hit and run case by amending the Indian Penal Code 2023. Under this law, if a driver causes an accident, he can be fined Rs 7 lakh and jailed for 10 years. In such a situation, there is a strong opposition to the law.
Drivers are quitting their jobs in many parts of the country after the amendment to the ‘hit and run’ law. The All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) has opposed the move. AIMTC says there are several loopholes in the proposed law. There is already a shortage of 25-30 per cent drivers, which is increasing after this law.
The government is not paying attention to the problems of road transporters and drivers who are the biggest contributors to the country’s economy, due to which heavy vehicle drivers are now leaving their jobs. This is putting our transport industry at risk.
What is the amendment?
Before the amendment, hit-and-run cases were registered under IPC sections 279 (rash driving), 304A (causing death by negligence) and 338 (causing hurt by act endangering life), which carried a punishment of two years.
Section 302 of the IPC used to be added in a particular case, but now under Section 104 (2) after the government amended the old law, if the accused flees the scene after the hit-and-run incident. If anyone is found guilty and does not inform the police or magistrate, he will have to serve a sentence of up to 10 years and also pay a heavy fine.